Sprigs, Sprouts and FluffiLuff: ventures complementary

Brenn Luff, center, displays some of the Fluffiluff products sold in the gift shop at Sprigs and Sprouts in Palisade. Ruth Elkins, left, and Linda Bailey, owners of Springs and Sprouts, purchased FluffiLuff from Luff. Elkins and Bailey plan to continue to make and distribute a variety of the artisanal products made with flowers, herbs and essential oils. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)
Brenn Luff, center, displays some of the Fluffiluff products sold in the gift shop at Sprigs and Sprouts in Palisade. Ruth Elkins, left, and Linda Bailey, owners of Springs and Sprouts, purchased FluffiLuff from Luff. Elkins and Bailey plan to continue to make and distribute a variety of the artisanal products made with flowers, herbs and essential oils. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times

For Linda Bailey, the decision to buy a business that sells a line of products popular with her customers was a straightforward one.

Faced with the prospect of losing those products, Bailey figured it was better to take over the operation. What’s more, the two Grand Valley businesses complement each other.

Bailey and Ruth Elkins, owners of Sprigs and Sprouts of Western Colorado, purchased FluffiLuff Gift Co. from Brenn Luff, who’s retiring.

Bailey said she hopes to build on the success of the venture in expanding the product line and its distribution. “We wanted to continue on with Brenn’s legacy.”

Luff said she’s grateful. “It’s been such a joyful, wonderful thing.”

Luff launched FluffiLuff in 2008, drawing on her experience as a botanical folklorist to create and sell gifts inspired by flowers and herbs. In addition to blessing bottles and message bags filled with flowers and herbs, Luff subsequently developed an extensive line of therapeutic products made with essential oils.

Luff said she built her in business in part by participating in trade shows. At her first show, the International New Age Trade Show in Denver, she won the award for best of show. The award led to a story in a trade magazine distributed to 8,000 retailers nationwide.

Luff said FluffiLuff products are now sold in about 70 outlets nationwide, including such Grand Valley outlets as Crystal Books and Gifts, the Mesa Feed Store — and Sprigs and Sprouts in Palisade.

Bailey said Sprigs and Sprouts carries the products in its gift shop because of their quality and popularity. “We love Brenn’s products,” she said. “The stuff we sell in our store, people use it and they come back because they want it.”

Some of the most popular products, Bailey said, include a body butter made with benzoin, lavender, rosemary and sage that treats skin cracks and wounds as well as dryness. Therapy bags filled with various  herbs are popular as well, she said. A spray bottle dubbed the chill pill contains a calming blend containing lavender, mandarin and rosewood. A balm branded Total Recall contains a blend of essential oils designed to help students stay alert during long study sessions as well as enhance their memory.

Bailey said FluffiLuff products fit in well with other products sold at Sprigs and Sprouts, including hand-crafted lavender products, soy lotion candles and artisan pottery. That’s not to mention such culinary products as balsamic vinegars, marinades, olive oils, pastas and teas.

Sprigs and Sprouts also grows lavender and operates an underground aquaponic greenhouse that grows produce for local restaurants.

Elkins and Bailey operate FluffiLuff as a separate business, one Bailey said she hopes to expand. For now, though, she said she’s grateful to continue selling the line. “We didn’t want to lose those products.”

Sprigs and Sprouts is located at 3669 G Road in Palisade. For additional information, call 234-1261. For more information about FluffiLuff products, visit www.FluffiLuff.com.